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Remembering Laurette Kelly

     “Our beloved sister in heart and the Kelly family’s beloved wife and mother and grandmother, Covenant Companion Laurette Kelly, has been breathed into the infinity by our God….now the union she always longed for. Laurette died around 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019.” -Sr. Georgene L. Wilson        Click to View Obituary      Click to View Reflection By Sr. Georgene L. Wilson      Click to View Eulogy By Mary Kelly          Laurette Kelly read the Course of Miracles in the 1980s and it changed her life. She was married, the mother of eight [...]

Remembering Laurette Kelly2019-10-17T14:25:23+00:00

Remembering Sr. Rosemarie Burian

"Sister Rosemarie Burian lived life fully and brilliantly with open heartedness and depth of soul. In her dying with quiet dignity on September 22, 2019, she expressed her complete surrender to God."      Visitation/Memorial ServiceThursday, September 26, 2019Visitation from 3:00 - 8:00 PMMemorial Service at 4:00 PMMass of Christian BurialFriday, September 27, 2019Service Begins at 10:00 AM Both Thursday & Friday services will be held in the OLA Chapel see address below:26w171 Roosevelt Rd. Entrance #5Wheaton, IL 60187         Obituary:As a young woman her life as a vowed Franciscan Sister was rather ordinary. She served [...]

Remembering Sr. Rosemarie Burian2019-09-30T16:03:12+00:00

Celebrating our 2019 Jubilarians

We are happy to honor these wonderful Sisters who will celebrate their 2019 Jubilee. 65 Years   Sister Rosemarie Burian               Sister Maureen Elfrink                 Sister Pat Irr             60 Years   Sisters Rose Mary Pint                 Sister Mary Lou Wirtz    

Celebrating our 2019 Jubilarians2019-05-24T19:18:10+00:00

Living the Way of Love: Easter – Lenten Reflection: Living Joy

Living Joy Easter 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.” Luke 24:5-6 Triddum and Easter are my favorite time in the Church.  Celebrating liturgies during Holy Week have served as an alarm clock for me. A couple of years ago on Palm Sunday, I came down with one of those viruses that knocks one flat. I missed every Holy Week liturgy through Easter Sunday. Being a creature of habit, in a culture of scarcity, I felt lost and rather [...]

Living the Way of Love: Easter – Lenten Reflection: Living Joy2019-04-18T21:45:31+00:00

Living the Way of Love: Holy Thursday/Good Friday – Lenten Reflection: Living Prayer

Living Prayer Holy Thursday/Good Friday - Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." John 13:15 Two images capture my imagination as I reflect on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The first is the image of Jesus wrapping the towel around his waist and washing the feet of his disciples. A true model of servanthood and leadership. The second image is of Simon of Cyrene, who helped Jesus carry the cross. In the case of Simon of Cyrene, I [...]

Living the Way of Love: Holy Thursday/Good Friday – Lenten Reflection: Living Prayer2019-04-16T21:44:26+00:00

Living the Way of Love: Holy Week – Lenten Reflection: Be Faithful!

Be Faithful! Holy Week - Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission Pack Nothing. Bring only your determination to serve and your willingness to be free. Do not hesitate to leave your old ways behind — fear, silence, submission. Only surrender to the need of the time — to love justice and walk humbly with your God. As we begin this Holy Week, it seems appropriate to double check our baggage, as well as the state of our heart. Alla Renée Bozarth’s beautiful poem Passover Remembered ¨offers gentle guidance for the journey. Most importantly, she reminds us [...]

Living the Way of Love: Holy Week – Lenten Reflection: Be Faithful!2019-04-16T21:37:14+00:00

Living the Way of Love: Week 5 – Lenten Reflection: An Invitation to Be Light

An Invitation to Be Light Fifth Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:18-19) Fr. Thomas M. Santa, CSsR, writes, “Most people-centered stories of Jesus in the gospel are about relationship, intimacy, forgiveness, and mercy. They’re about becoming whole, integrated, and filled with life. None of Jesus’ stories are about righteousness, judgment, sin, and punishment. We might hear the stories recast that way, but that [...]

Living the Way of Love: Week 5 – Lenten Reflection: An Invitation to Be Light2019-04-10T15:29:16+00:00

Living the Way of Love: Week 4 – Lenten Reflection: What is in our Heart?

What is in our Heart? Fourth Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. Luke 15:31 “Righteousness is not about rules written on paper, but the love of God written on our hearts. Righteousness has nothing to do with self and everything to do with loving others … because of our love for Jesus.”  Ann Weems, Stars for Righteousness, Putting the Amazing Back into Grace (1999) Do you ever wonder who you would have been if you were gathered around Jesus and hearing [...]

Living the Way of Love: Week 4 – Lenten Reflection: What is in our Heart?2019-04-03T15:58:21+00:00